Into the Mystic

From the start of the walk the light was amazing.

From the start of the walk the light was amazing.

There was something really special about this mornings walk.

The light cascaded from the skies to the ground.

The light cascaded from the skies to the ground.

I have been pondering just how to describe the feeling, pinpoint the emotions I felt as I started the walk.  The walk through the first 500+ meters was close to an “experience”.  A celebration of life.  How prosaic the remainder of the day.

Like the panes of cathedral windows the tree branches broke up and outlined the light and colours.

Like the panes of cathedral windows the tree branches broke up and outlined the light and colours.

As I putter about making wacky cake, preparing the peppers and starting the sauce for the Chicken Parmesan, words cruise through my mind…

How small we are.

How small we are.

Mystic; Magical; Reverent; Cathedral; Touched; Healing; Closer to….;

….None really fit.

The light traced pathways from the skies to the ground.  The connections were real and tangible to my eyes.  I am not particularly religious – but that is what I felt this morning.

Thank-you for listening.

Lynette

We cannot create what nature does without effort.  We cannot understand what we have at our feet.  We can but be!

We cannot create what nature does without effort. We cannot understand what we have at our feet. We can but be!

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Futility

After all the rain in the last few days - water is cascading everywhere!

After all the rain in the last few days – water is cascading everywhere!

The environment at Hemer, rich and damp, the fungi are king.

The environment at Hemer, rich and damp, the fungi are king.

As a photographer I am limited by my knowledge or mostly lack of knowledge of the rules of photography.  I work mostly within the automatic settings on my camera and have never had or taken the time to learn much else.

This morning and yesterday morning – I really needed and wanted to be able to do more, understand more, show more of exactly how glorious the mornings were!

How futile my attempts at capturing the moments – how rich the colours of our environment – how amazing the play of light and water – a constant endeavor to capture and hold the moment to share in the photographs of the day!

Touched by Magic

Touched by Magic

Images were sharp in the morning light

Images were sharp in the morning light

Both mornings were incredible.  The clouds were breaking up as the sun rose in the sky;  the trees, grasses, branches were gleaming wet and the air itself was dripping with water – the results of the rain of the night before.  Everything was glittering in the Sun.  The sun’s angle was low and the moisture was evaporating and filing the air with refracted light and shadow.  Contrasts were very high – too high – most of the time to really show just how beautiful the views were!

Shadows and light met with sharp edges!  No softness in the images.

Shadows and light met with sharp edges! No softness in the images.

Yesterday we walked through Linley Valley and around Cottle Lake.  One side of the lake was shadow and the other side was light.  I learned that taking shots from the dark looking into the light do not usually turn out well.  But Oh the opposite could produce the most amazing results!

There was water cascading everywhere; small rivelets and streams where none had been before; established streams were choked with leaves and running high over the mossy rocks.  The sound of the moving water was a steady part of every moment of each of the walks.

Reflection – Cottle Lake

Mirror Perfect!

Mirror Perfect!

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AT the entrance to Hemer Park - looking across the marsh.

AT the entrance to Hemer Park – looking across the marsh.

Today we walked through Hemer Park, around the marsh and out the other side – it was magical.

Like yesterday the sun was at a low angle to the trees and marsh.  Like yesterday it had rained, poured the night before.  The ground was soft and squished as we walked.  Puddles and pools of standing water were part of the trail system.  Here the trees were green with lichens and mosses.  Hemer is a much damper environment!

Reflection – Hemer Park

The puddles were full of reflections - each one sharp and clear as a mirror.

The puddles were full of reflections – each one sharp and clear as a mirror.

I hope that you enjoyed the walks today.

Lynette

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Serenity

Female Bufflehead duck.

Female Bufflehead duck.

Some moments are adrift in time.  They take you to a calm place and you just exist.  Such is this!

Please….. Take a moment to breathe and relax.

Lynette

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Tools…..

Breathtaking!

Breathtaking!

…Some just take your breath away!

A gift from some friends!

A gift from some friends!

I was recently gifted with the most amazing circular needles.  They were made by Michael and Sheila Ernst.

Hand made of blue Dichromatic Glass they are the most beautiful tools I have ever seen and I am already planning the project that they will knit first!

Also new to my tool chest – crochet bullion hooks found for me by Dionne at The Stitcher’s Muse.  Made of stainless steel with beautiful, easy to hold handles, they are perfect for carrying multiple beads for placing as I knit!

I have two sizes, .7mm and 1.0mm.  The smaller has the bone handle and the larger the ebony handle.

Perfect little tools!

Perfect little tools!

What are your favorite tools?!

Happy Knitting

Lynette

 

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The Magic of Water and Light!

Mist and light through the trees!

Mist and light through the trees!

Water finding a way to escape its bounds!

Water finding a way to escape its bounds!

We live on an Island and are Surrounded by Water and there is MAGIC there.

But there is more MAGIC in Water touched by Light.  Rainbows are the result of light being bent as it travels through the drops of water – the bending reveals all the colours of the rainbow.  Mist in the air bends light to soften edges and change colours – magical!

It has been raining here – a lot of rain - the usual and expected for this time of year.  The amazing thing about this kind of rain is the effect on our Waterways, the Rivers and Streams that criss-cross our Island.  I have been walking beside those Rivers and along those Streams the post couple of weeks.

The view up Millstone River.

The view up Millstone River.

We have been mostly lucky in that the heavy rains have been falling at night and then in the mornings the skies clear and we have fairly good days and sometimes even spectacular days!  I have taken advantage of those days to take some pictures of the Magic of Water and Light and even a few pictures of the Power that water can acquire with volume.

The Roaring, Churning Englishman River tumbling down to the Ocean.

The Roaring, Churning Englishman River tumbling down to the Ocean.

There is a huge difference between Englishman River just north of us and Millstone River right here in town.  Englishman is a large river distinguished by a very narrow canyon that the river has carved out over the centuries.  Englishman River was roaring through its canyon after the last big rain!  The air was thick with water – spray, mist and moisture!  The effect of the light on the mist, on the trees dripping with moisture was amazing!

Blues skies behind the dripping canopy!

Blues skies behind the dripping canopy!

We were walking fairly early in the morning – the sun was up and cascading down through the tree branches – the mist softened and bent edges.  The effects were magical!

Looking up and through - the edges are soft an blurry - water smoothes out the rough!

Looking up and through – the edges are soft and blurry – the moisture in the air smoothes out the rough!

Around my favorite tree at Millstone.

Around my favorite tree at Millstone.

The damp air and moist soil encourages the growth of amazing fungi!

The damp air and moist soil encourages the growth of amazing fungi!

Millstone River is quieter, more civilized.  This river usually moves quietly through the city, a cool note in the center of town – giving Bowen Park a wonderful selection of spots for photographers, picnics  and weddings!

I hope that you enjoy the walks!  Today we are trying out a new walk – over a suspension bridge – I will let know how that goes.

Happy Viewing

Lynette

A side Channel running through the park down to Millstone River.

A side Channel running through the park down to Millstone River.

 

 

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And the Knit Goes On!

This is called Spare Squares now - there were too many patterns with gridlines in the title.  LOL!

This is called Spare Squares now – there were too many patterns with gridlines in the title. LOL!

Spare Square for me.

Spare Square for me.

It has been a busy couple of weeks.

I have managed to finish off some more patterns and work on some personal knitting now that the breakneck knitting on Rhiannon’s Cloak has eased off!

Spare Squares is up on Ravelry and my current personal favorite pattern - I even knit one for myself in purple Tracks and Koigu dyed Tracks – love this design.

The Wanderer’s is also finished and available on Ravelry.  This is fun knit and the hat looks good any one.

The Wanderer's - knit with Buffalo Wool Co Tracks - but suitable for any 4-ply or sock weight yarns.

The Wanderer’s – knit with Buffalo Wool Co Tracks – but suitable for any 4-ply or sock weight yarns.

Vogue Holiday 2014 is now available in your local book stores and my oversize reversible scarf is pattern #26.  This scarf was knit with chunky weight yarns and will work up quickly!

C.c. Snugs - a new pattern - and the experienced cabled fingerless mittens for the class on Saturday!

C.C. Snugs is a new pattern – and the experienced cabled fingerless mittens for the class on Saturday!

As always I have more patterns and classes in the works – next Saturday – Nov 15 is the cabled fingerless mitten class!  And there are projects for both beginning and experienced cable knitters!

#26 - Fair-isle and Lace Reversible Scarf

#26 – Fair-isle and Lace Reversible Scarf

The project for the more experienced knitter is my new pattern in the works – C.C. Snugs.  Elaborate and snug fitting fingerless mittens knit with DK weight yarns.

I now have 6 motif’s attached on the edge of Rhiannon’s Cloak.  There are only 3 motifs left plus the finishing and tassels.  The next motif will take a little while to knit as I am taking the time to write out each round as I knit it.

There have been a few requests for the pattern and I need to start the process.  That pattern will be a major project!

Rhiannon's Cloak - 6 motifs attached!

Rhiannon’s Cloak – 6 motifs attached!

I hope that you see something you like!

Happy Knitting

Lynette

 

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Vancouver Island Moments

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Nanaimo River Walk – the sun was breaking through and highlighting all of the leaves1 They were a wonderful mixture of gold and silver!

I have taken many walks over the last couple of weeks – here are a few of the memorial “moments”!

A bridge in Linley Valley - a Rustic note to compliment the Fall colours.

A bridge in Linley Valley – a Rustic note to compliment the Fall colours.

I love the fall fungus - shapes colours and details amaze me.

I love the fall fungus – shapes colours and details amaze me.

They are from Departure Bay Beach, Neck Point, Piper’s Lagoon, Nanaimo Regional River Walk and Linley Valley.  They are in no particular order as it is simply a collection of Autumn shots that I have liked.

Happy Autumn viewing!

Lynette

 

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